Mudslide death toll rises to 24 as rescuers search for a ninth consecutive day

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ARLINGTON, Wash. — (KCPQ) — The official, confirmed death toll in Washington state’s devastating mudslide rose to 24 Monday, with a total of 17 of those bodies positively identified.

Thirty people were listed still listed as missing Monday. The previous number of confirmed fatalities had been 21 on Sunday night.

Victims families have to be notified in person before the list is made public. Jason Biermann, program manager of the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, said 7 others were awaiting identification.

Monday marked the ninth day of continued “rescue and recovery operations,” officials said. More than 600 search and rescue personnel remained in the debris field, and were searching in mud that at points was 60 feet deep. Safety of the rescue workers remains a top priority, officials said Monday.

“We still have geologists watching the area like a hawk to make sure search crews are safe,” incident…

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